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  • Inside/Out with Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Advocate Eric T. Matinenga
    May 05, 2010

    With Kubatana, Minister Matinenga has been answering questions from the general public about the Constitution and the Constitition making process. Find out more here

    Describe yourself in five words?
    I want to serve.

    What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
    I think it was from my mother. She said I should never expect anything from a platter. I should work hard for it.

    What is your most treasured possession?
    My wife and family.

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    Being unable to do what you would otherwise be able to do. To be in a position of utter hopelessness, and you can't do anything about it.

    Do you have any strange hobbies?
    No I don't.

    What do you dislike most about your appearance?
    Absolutely nothing!

    What is your greatest extravagance?
    I don't have any because I simply can't afford it.

    What have you got in your fridge?
    Cool drinks, bread. I think there is beer, water, and some vegetables. Pieces of meat and fish and dog meal.

    What is your greatest fear?
    That really we won't be able to achieve what we want to do in this environment. We are slowly earning a reputation of belonging to the statuesque, which is unfortunate.

    What have you got in your pockets right now?
    There is money.

    What is your favourite journey?
    I like going to the country.

    Who are your heroes in real life?
    I don't have any.

    When and where were you happiest?
    When I married my wife.

    What's your biggest vice?
    I used to smoke but I gave that up in 1994. Looking back that's the best thing I ever did, besides marrying my wife.

    What were you like at school?
    I was considered naughty but I don't think I was. I was just outgoing. I remember at University this receptionist was able to identify the times when I was trying to be naughty. She would say . . . not that naughty smile again!

    What are you doing next?
    What I would love to do is to get out of this place and practise law. I don't know whether I was naïve or not but I don't want politics in my life. Maybe, as a politician, I make too many demands. I demand transparency, which is not there in politics. I think I would offer better services as a lawyer than a politician.

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